Installing Linux distributions and running them on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) should now be a simpler process. That’s because SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and openSUSE are available to download on the Windows Store.

At the moment, Microsoft has only launched the downloads on the Windows Insider Program. The company says the features are available for those on the newest preview builds. With this release, the company is furthering its plans to release more open source distribution methods to the Windows Store.

Indeed, at Build 2017, Microsoft confirmed that ubuntu and RedHat Fedora will both come to the store soon. The former is arriving on the Windows Store in collaboration with Ubuntu creator Canonical.

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Until now, running openSUSE Linux shell has been limited to WSL, and it was not easy. Microsoft has been looking to improve WSL, including some significant changes through the Windows 10 Creators Update.

However, distributing Linux through WSL would often be time consuming. Both new releases on the Windows Store allow developers to distribute the open source platform more easily. Available for Windows 10 Insiders are SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and openSUSE Leap 42.

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The latter’s description says that openSUSE Leap 42 is for all developers, from beginner to expert. It is a stable build for use on desktops and servers:

“The latest release, openSUSE Leap 42.2, features new and massively improved versions of all useful server and desktop applications. It comes with more than 1,000 open source applications. openSUSE is also the base for SUSE’s award-winning SUSE Linux Enterprise products.”

SUSE Linux Enterprise is for physical, virtual, and cloud-based mission critical workloads. Best used in mixed IT environments, the service is better protected against obsolescence and vendor lock-in:

“SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 is a modular, general-purpose operating system and runs on all major processor architectures. It is optimized to run on leading hypervisors and supports an unlimited number of virtual machine guests per physical system with single subscription, making it the perfect guest for virtual and cloud computing.”

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